Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Religion trumps business in debate over alcohol

Religious freedom: Why Americans are celebrating and defending it now
(Ryan Messmore, The Foundry)

Religious liberty is not optional
(William E. Lori, The Washington Post)

Revision of religious holidays debated in Durban
(Mail and Guardian South Africa)

Russian court refuses to free punk band
(Gabriela Baczunska, Reuters,

Rwanda: Religion leaders advised to emphasize on elections
(Gahiji Innocent,

Timbuktu Islamists open fire on aircraft
(Jemal Oumar, Magharebia)

Tunisian radicals travel to Syria
(Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm, Associated Press, via The Boston Globe)

Venice Commission opinion on Russian extremism law
(Human Rights Without Frontiers, Sapientia)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

<em>Fortnight for Freedom</em> — U.S. Catholics and Religious Liberty: The Origins
(George Weigel, First Things)

Activists plea to clear civilians in Syria
(Sam Dagher and Joe Lauria, The Wall Street Journal)

Admin. discipline recommended in Quran burning
(Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press)

Baptist gathering approves statements on homosexuality and government’s treatment of religion
(Nina Cardona, Nashville Public Radio)

Catholics intensify outcry over mandate
(Tim Townsend, St. Louis Post Dispatch, via The Republic)

Chaplains safe despite High Court ruling: Roxon
(Dan Harrison and Bianca Hall, The Sydney Morning Herald)

Convert from Islam in Sudan loses wife, children
(Compass Direct News)

Did acknowledging threats to religious liberty across the globe help the bishops' cause?
(Liz Lefebvre, U.S. Catholic)

Diocese settles sex-abuse case for $2 million
(Greg Hardesty, The Orange Country Register)

Duquesne U. appeals NLRB order for union vote
(Associated Press, Times Online)

Dutch upper house rejects ban on ritual slaughter
(Reuters, The Chicago Tribune)

Episcopal clergy convicted after N.Y. 'Occupy' demonstration
(Sharon Sheridan, ENINews, Religious News Service)

Federal judge denies sweat lodge request
(Associated Press, Billings Gazette)

Government limits of religious liberty – A conversation
(Leigh Greenhaw, Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls)

Hundreds of Muslim extremists attack Christian prayer house in Aceh
(Mathias Hariyadi,

Inter-faith delegates make appeal for religious freedom at Pakistani embassy
(John Newton, Independent Catholic News )

Irish justice minister: priests must break seal of confession in abuse cases
(Talpa brusseliensis christiana)

Judge bars Fort Hood shooting suspect from hearing
(Associated Press,

Landmark Christian-Muslim peace summit opens in Beirut
(Anglican Communion News Service)

Lutheran federation panel denounces armed conflict in Colombia

Missionaries destroying Kashmiri culture: Muslim leader
(UCAN India)

Muslims oppose move to ban religion in gov't
(Carine Era Asutilla, ABS-CBN)

Nigeria: Killings - Nigeria running out of time — Bishop Kukah
(Midat Joseph,

Open Doors USA launches new campaign toward Religious Freedom
(SOP Newswire)

Quest for Unity: EU's model and Islam (Caliphate)
(Engr. Sharique Naeem, New Civilisation)

Religion extensively used for political control in the Maldives
((Yameen Rasheed, Himal Magazine), Minivan News [Maldives])

Religion, marriage, and the economy: An interview with Bishop Gene Robinson
(Sally Steenland, Center for American Progress)

Saudi man executed for 'witchcraft and sorcery'

Texas town defies atheist group, reinstitutes prayer at government meetings
(Dave Bohon, The New American)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

"Allah, Liberty And Love": Malaysian charged with selling Canadian author Irshad Manji's banned book
(The Associated Press, Huffington Post)

[VOICE] Can Korea ever accept homosexuals?
(The Korea Herald)

Archbishop says Catholic Church in U.S. living in 'challenging period'
(Shelia M. Poole, McClatchy Newspapers, The Republic)

Canadian university under attack for maintaining Christian ethos
(Christian Concern)

Christian business sued for 'religious discrimination' over Bible study?
(Michael Gryboski , Christian Post)

Christian graves desecrated in Karachi
(UCA News)

Egyptians, awaiting poll result, rally against military
(Matt Bradley, Charles Levinson, and Tamer El-Ghobashy, The Wall Street Journal)

Experts warn about growing global crisis of religious freedom
(Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency)

Gene Robinson dismisses religious liberty concerns as a “red herring”
(Julia Polese IRD, Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans)

Human rights worker 'insufficiently religious'
(Lucile Scott, Courthouse News Service)

In Australia, churches speak out on gay marriage
(David Crampton, Episcopal News Service)

Islamist party leader arrested for war crimes: Special tribunal accuses Mir Kashem Ali of running torture cell
(UCA News)

It isn’t just that Cameron is wrong when he claims we won’t be forced to conduct ‘gay marriages’ in church: that’s just what he’s telling his constituents
(William Oddie, Catholic

Let religious freedom ring: Stop the assault on our First Freedom
(Factsheet, The Heritage Foundation)

Peter Singer attacks religious freedom
(Wesley J. Smith, Secondhand Smoke, First Things)

Reprisal killings follow Nigeria church attacks
(Associated Press, Wall Street Journal)

Russia: "An attempt to revive total ideological control"
(Felix Corley, Forum 18)

Senate says no to ban on ritual slaughter

Should government protect religion done “on Sunday in church”?
(Ryan Messmore, The Foundry)

State, church dispute flares over Pa. child care
(Marc Levy, The Associated Press)

Turkish mosques begin makeovers to accommodate, welcome women
(Public Radio International)

WCC forum focuses on poverty, wealth and ecology
(World Council of Churches News)

Monday, 18 June 2012

‘God Bless the USA,’ except in our schools?
( Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark, Washington Post)

25 dead in Nigeria after multiple attacks by sect
(HARUNA UMAR and YINKA IBUKUN , Associated Press)

Al-Shabaab trained terrorist pleads guilty In Manhattan
(Jim Kouri, Eurasia Review)

B.C. Supreme Court strikes down assisted suicide ban
(CTV Ottawa)

CALIR: Sobre la negativa a transfusión de sangre (Statement on Argentinian Supreme Court decision concerning living will about medical treatments)
(Consejo Argentino para la Libertad Religiosa)

Catholic Health Association rejects Obama's birth control compromise
(David Gibson, Religion News Service, Huff Post Religion)

Commentary: Is there room for atheists in Indonesia?
(Endy Bayuni, Jakarta Post)

EBCO welcomes the European Court of Human Rights judgment in favour of Turkish conscientious objector Halil Savda
(European Bureau for Conscientious Objection)

Egypt Islamists claim election victory, army grabs powers
(AFP, Arab News)

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhoods claim presidential election victory
(Albawaba News)

FRC files comments explaining how HHS Mandate violates religious freedom
(Jeanne Monahan, via PR Newswire)

Hindus want IKEA business license suspended for gypsies’ maltreatment in England
(Eurasia Review)

Ireland is becoming a land of saints and secularists
(Ed Curran, The Belfast Telegraph)

Islam is a religion of peace as exemplified by its founder, Islamic scholar says
(Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune)

Key Catholic group drops support for White House contraception plan
(Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog)

Kuwait halts parliament for month amid turmoil
(Associated Press)

More religious organisations apply to expand premises
(Liu Bei, Channel News Asia)

Moscow lawyers refuse to oust pro-Sharia attorney
(Interfax Religion News)

Muslims lash out at ban on religious books

Nigerian militants claim bombing of churches
(Anne Look , Voice of America)

Non-Orthodox Jews start making inroads in Israel
(Aron Heller, Associated Press)

NSS condemns Church of England’s gay marriage response as poll reveals majority of religious people are in favour of same-sex marriage
(National Secular Society)

Religion eating up Mumbai's green lung
(Akshay Deshmane, Daily News & Analysis (Mumbai))

Religious diversity advanced in Vietnam
( Bridge)

Religious liberty: The church-state debate over women’s health
(Adam Parker, The Post and Courier)

Religious neutrality in 94% Muslim Iraqi Kurdistan
(Stephen Mansfield, Huff Post Religion)

Tanzania: Politics - Which comes first, religion or faith?
(Jaffar Mjasiri,

Vatican blames media for latest scandal
(Associated Press, Hürriyet Daily News)

Will gay marriage end in divorce for church and state?
(Cole Moreton, The Telegraph)

Sunday, 17 June 2012

MK seeks to annul 'same religion' adoption law
(Jeremy Sharon, The Jerusalem Post)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Muslim girls can now wear head scarves in KV schools
(Rajiv Mani, The Times of India)

‘C of E’ gives an opinion on same-sex marriage
(Madeleine Davies, Church Times)

Catholic hospitals reject birth control compromise
(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press)

Church of England’s argument against gay marriage is without foundation
(Paul Johnson, UK Human Rights Blog)

Council meeting looks at freedom of religion in China
(ENInews staff, Episcopal News Service)

Cuba's cardinal under fire for comments
(Associated Press, Worldwide Religion News)

Debating religious liberty

Glasgow kirk quits Church of Scotland over gay clergy row
(BBC News)

In Tunisia, balancing democracy and religion
(Slide Show, New York Times)

Jehovah's Witnesses may pay millions to sexual abuse victim
(Yamiche Alcindor, USA Today)

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